Thursday, December 30, 2010

#54 Chicken Pulao

You are probably thinking---what is the difference between Chicken Pulao and Chicken Biryani? There isn't much of a difference in appearance and they look very much alike then what is she talking about?

Pulao is a simple one-pot dish without all the fuss that goes into the making of a  Biryani. The chicken can be cooked along with the rice in a pulao, to blend all the flavors together whereas, Biryani is layered with many deep flavors. I would differentiate them by the intensity of the flavors----- Pulao being milder than Biryani and easier to make.
Chicken breasts-2
Basmati rice- 1 ½ cups
Onions- 2 sliced lengthwise
Tomatoes- 1 chopped
Potato-1 cubed
Cooked green peas-1/2 cup
Green chillies-2
Ginger paste- 1 Tblpn
Garlic paste- 1 tspn
Shaan Chicken Pulao Mix- 1 pkt.
Cilantro chopeed-1/2 cup
Butter or Ghee as needed.
A pinch of saffron
Salt and pepper to taste

  1. Take a big soup pot and place on the fire. Take about 2 Tblspns of Ghee and melt.
  2. Add the onions and sauté until soft and it starts turning brown.
  3. Add the chopped tomatoes and green chillies.
  4. While the onions are sautéing,  cut up the chicken breast into cubes, wash well and marinate in ginger, garlic paste, pepper, salt and Shaan pulao mix and keep aside.
  5. Wash and soak the Basmati rice in water.
  6. When the tomatoes in step 3 turn soft and pulpy add the chicken, ½ cup water and let cook halfway.
  7. Now add the rice drained well from the water it was soaking in, along with cubed potatoes.
  8. Add the rest of the ghee and the saffron, raw spices(cinnamon and Cardamom) for added flavor. Add about 1 cup water since the water from the chicken mix will also aid in the cooking.
  9. Now, mix well keep covered on a very low flame and cook the rice. If you need more water add as needed until the rice is just cooked.
  10. Add fried onions, cooked green peas cilantro, mix well and serve.

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